Thank God It’s Friday. Amazing how the creator of the popular Friday evening tag remembered to include God in it. It just could not be, thank – phew-no options.
Why thank God it is Friday when God already chose the day to be thanked as Saturday the Sabbath? Think for a moment friend. Whatever it is you would thank God on a Friday evening, God set aside the WHOLE Saturday for you to thank Him!
But the devil is clever. He wanted to break the Sabbath and how best than make the day preceding the Sabbath a global day of debauchery. Friday evenings the world over is a day for people to club.
Let’s go back to the Bible;
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And in 6 successive days, God created what would become the most beautiful place. And in that place, God created a man and a woman whom He loved so much, that He would later lay His own life to redeem them. And you know why? Because we just seem to not get it.
Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Gen 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Gen 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
So on the Seventh day God sets it apart and blesses it. He sets it apart as a day of worship, a memorial of the work of creation. In this day, God gives us that beautiful moment to simply take a break and appreciate what you have done.
Time and time again we see God reiterating the importance of the Sabbath. You know why? Because the Sabbath contains the SEAL of authority of God. Obama has the right to speak on behalf of the people of the United States because he has the seal of authority of the president, given to him by popular vote.
God too, as the creator of this world chose the Sabbath day to be His SEAL of authority.
Exo 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exo 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
Exo 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
Exo 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Seen that? It is the only commandment that God explains Himself. The other commandments are clear cut, don’t. But with this one, it is “don’t work, because…..”
So imagine how much Russia would want to take a hold on Obama’s access codes. Because with that, they can command the entire US fleet!
That is exactly the same thing with the Devil.
Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
The Devil wants to be worshipped. He wants to be like God. The wants the whole world to worship him. He even wanted Jesus to worship Him. Problem is, the Devil has not created anything. He himself was created. He was created perfect until greed took the better of him.
Eze 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
So how does the Devil win? By deceiving the world into giving him God’s seal. Using our examples, say Putin convinces the people around Obama to ‘steal’ the codes.
You can read here how Sunday became a Christian day of worship.
Through a very bloody history, Saturday, God’s Holy Sabbath was pressed down and Sunday a day dedicated to the worship of the sun by pagans revered.
But the Devil’s work was not yet done. How best do you completely destroy the Sabbath? Well, by destroying the very important hours just before the Sabbath.
Exo 16:23 And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
Exo 16:24 And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.
Exo 16:25 And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field.
The Sabbath is so important to God that on Fridays, God would give double the manna to the Israelites so that on Sabbath they have enough to eat within the camps.
Exo 16:26 Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.
Friday evening is so important the when the disciples took the body of Christ from the cross and laid it in the tomb, they did not have enough time to clean it. So they left.
Luk 23:52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
Luk 23:53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.
Luk 23:54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.
Luk 23:55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
Luk 23:56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
Because the Sabbath hours almost were upon them, they did not clean the body of Christ, instead they prepared the ointments and made it their top priority list on Sunday morning.
Luk 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
Luk 24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
Luk 24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
So the afternoon of Friday, ideally people should start cutting down and getting everything you will need for the Sabbath ready. This, taking examples from the Bible means preparing your food on Friday, NOT on the Sabbath.
But, what about today? Friday is a day to rave. A day to party. Artists world over have ‘big gigs’ scheduled every Friday. people break off from work to catch up with their buddies in drinking joints.
How pray tell, when our minds are so filled with music and worldly debauchery a Friday shall we have time to listen to God on Sabbath?
The Devil has taught the world that Friday evening is when to “RELAX” and Sunday is when to “PRAY”.
The truth? It is Friday that the faithful Christian should hustle. Run around. Buy everything you need for the Sabbath! Give yourself no excuse to have to go to the Shops on Sabbath!
Exo 16:27 And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.
Exo 16:28 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?
Exo 16:29 See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.
God will give you double blessings on Friday, so you won’t be worried about what you will eat on the Sabbath!
Friday is not a day to rest. Friday is a day to gather DOUBLE for the Sabbath you will rest!.